Best camera replacement apps for Android phones and tablets [June 2015]

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Last month we went over some of the best available apps for tweaking and editing your camera shots, all of which are solid choices for cleaning up your pictures before sharing them with the world. However, sometimes it’s better to line up the perfectly filtered shot to save yourself the hassle of editing things after the fact, and that’s where this guide comes in.

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How to shoot RAW or .DNG pictures on your Nexus 6 or Nexus 5

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Google introduced support for some neat photography tricks with the new Camera API shown off with Android 5.0 Lollipop. This has allowed developers to leverage its potential by allowing several new camera features for devices that don’t support it by default. One of those features is the enabling of RAW image capture with the stock camera. If you own a Nexus 5 or the Nexus 6, there’s now a way to enable this feature on your device. We’ll show you how. Read more

Afterlight, a photography editing app, now available in Play Store following iOS success

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There are many options when it comes to editing a photograph on a mobile device. You can go with an all-in-one like Instagram that is an editor and social network. Or you can use the bundled editing features shipped with your device. But there are standalone editing applications becoming increasingly popular due to the options set and the lack of social network features. The newest photography editor is Afterlight, making the move to Android after a successful tenure on iOS.

Simplicity with an impressive amount of tools, filters, and texures is the focus for Afterlight. There are fifteen tools to adjust an image. For filters, Afterlight has fifty nine and some of which are borrowed from other platforms. And there are sixty six textures to keep things different. Once you edit an image, you can always share it with other apps. Afterlight is $0.99 and the amount of features really justify its small price.

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VSCO Cam 3.0 update includes VSCO Grid to showcase your shots

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One of the most popular photography applications across the world is getting an update today that makes it much more social. VSCO Cam is getting a major update and version 3.0 includes the VSCO Grid. It is a hub for a users content that is showcased for others to see. But that is just about it. To build a social following, users can search for others to follow and enjoy their VSCO Grid. There are no comments or likes to be dealt, just follows and shear appreciation.

In addition to the integration of the VSCO Grid, the app has an cleaner user interface with improved sharing functionality. It is now more efficient for a user to share images to other social media services. And, of course, VSCO has improved behind the scenes performance enhancements.

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VSCO Cam for Android appears in Google Play

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Android users who may have seen their iOS-owning friends using an app called VSCO Cam for mobile photography can now get in on the action with the release of VSCO Cam to Google Play. Like so many other photography apps on the market, VSCO Cam promises to make your images “stunning” through the use of a variety of preset adjustments and filters that can be applied. If the free adjustments that come with the app are not enough, VSCO offers several more through in-app purchases. Read more

Best Android camera apps [April 2013]

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The best camera is the one you have with you and we pretty much always have our smartphones with us. With many Android phones, the camera alone will sell the device for some customers. Needless to say, there are plenty of apps in the Play Store that cater to all kinds of shutterbugs and their smartphone cameras for when the built-in camera application on your phone just doesn’t cut it. So, in this guide, we’re going to go over the best camera apps for your device.

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New Google Multi-Flash Patent Could Lead To Big Jump In Photo Quality

 

Google has been granted a patent for multiple flashes on a mobile device. A series of LED flashes is bound to be more powerful than the single LED most smartphones have these days and it opens a host of photographic possibilities. For small or close-up photography a ring flash will go a long way toward smooth, consistent and shadow free lighting. A multiple flash layout also opens the door for second curtain or slow sync flash, which allows for much better nighttime shots.

The patent also addresses different positions and configurations for the flash units. One such configuration would make it more like a pop-up flash as seen on many point and shoot cameras. Moving the flash farther from the lens would also have the added benefit of reducing the number of red-eye shots. This new patent creates a lot of possibilities, including the end of mediocrity when it comes to cameras on Google’s Nexus handsets. This could, of course, find its way to Motorola. Anyone count the flashes on that mythical X Phone yet?

Via: Unwired View
Source: USPTO

500px Arrives On Android, Showcases Really Great Photography

First, let’s get this out of the way. 500px is NOT like Instagram. It won’t allow you to snap quick pics with your handset, add filters, and upload them to share with friends. No, 500px is more of a photography community where the uploading is done through their web site. These are not your typical phone pics, either. These are, in most cases, taken with full DSLR cameras, and tend toward more artistic and professional-looking compositions.

500px also allows you, as a member, to not only upload your pictures, but sell them on wrapped canvas through their site. Nice touch. They offer three tiers of membership: Free, Plus ($19.95/year), and Awesome ($49.95/year). The free membership limits you to 10 uploads per week. Exploring their web site feels almost like Pinterest but for great photography.

The Android app is now available and runs on Android 2.2 and higher, and looks great on a tablet. Here’s a list of features as displayed on their Play Store page.

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Lytro Camera Will Focus on Photos For Now

We’ve seen an Android-powered 16MP camera from Polaroid, and 3D cameras from HTC and LG. But imagine a camera that can capture the entire light field at once. What good is that? Well, it would allow you to take a picture without worrying about what’s in focus since you could actually focus the picture afterwards. This is exactly what the Lytro camera can do.

Currently, the Lytro is a stand-alone unit that requires a Mac to process the images it shoots, but a Windows version is expected soon. Eventually, this type of technology will hit mobile devices and make blurry phone pics a thing of the past.

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